With over 30 million stays booked through Airbnb since 2008, it's pretty much a given that a certain amount of awkwardness has ensued. Such large numbers of home-sharers, guests and hosts mixing in such personal proximity is in many ways a recipe for Fawlty Towers style mayhem. It is therefore a credit to Airbnb that things have worked so darn well.
Booking or letting out a night in New York is as slick as requesting an Uber, which is all well and good, until it comes to the rather more personal aspect of meeting your host or guest. Unfortunately, not everyone is as smooth, slick and polite as our favourite apps and believe it or not, some people even dread this human interaction for fear of committing faux pas.
Thankfully, good old Debrett's are here to save the day with a nifty guide on Homesharing Etiquette, created in partnership with Airbnb. The guide covers every aspect of hosting and staying and even the art of overstaying - "Agree departure times in advance and ensure that they are adhered to. Overstaying your welcome is a good way of alienating your hosts."
Head over to Airbnb to read the full guide and brush up on your manners, there's only one point that we can't quite agree with - "Nosy guests will find poking around in other people’s possessions and entering ‘forbidden’ zones endlessly fascinating." As far as we're aware, that's generally the highlight of ones visit? We'll agree to disagree!